Roughneck Jobs

Hi, Kenneth Here…

I’ve been asked a lot lately about how to get roughneck jobs, or jobs on oil rigs in general. So I thought it would be a good idea to write a short post about it her on roughneck jobs!

Really, the best way to get a roughneck job, is simply to send out your resumes to a lot of oil rigs. I know this is a tedious task, but you can always use a service like Rigworker to do the job for you!

You need to send out a lot of resumes, at least 250-500 before you can expect a reply. But I guess it’s like that all over. But the good thing is, in the oil business you’re almost guaranteed a job.

The last I heard, was that the oil companies are going to spend $400 billion on oil finding in 2009. Now that’s a lot of money…

Before you’re going to send out your resume for a roughneck job, take some time and thing about where you want to work and if you have any special abilities that would be worth mentioning.

Just so you know, this is what’s expected of a roughneck:

  • Assisting in taking up and taking down equipment
  • Cleaning up drill area
  • Drilling
  • Manipulating pipes and drill stem during drilling
  • Driving trucks and transporting materials

As a roughneck you can expect a pay at around $59.000.

On a drilling platform you work for 7 days a week, somewhere between 12-14 hours a day. At some rigs you can stay for up to 3 months in a row, at others you only work 14 days in a row.

You can read a lot more about the different jobs and their pay at Rigworker and here you’ll find plenty on information about the drilling business in general.

Before I round up, I just wanted to introduce you to some of the different drilling platforms/ships.

First we have the platform, which is stationary. This is my favorite working place.

Then we have the semi submersible, which basically is a big ship used to seeking and drilling for oil. There’s also the jack up, a mobile platform that is able to stand on the sea floor with its legs and of course, the drill ship there can drill in depths of more than 2500 meters (8200 ft.).

To conclude, it’s very easy to find roughneck jobs in the drilling business and as long as you send out a bunch of resumes you are almost guaranteed one.

Go write it and send it to as many oil companies as you can find, if you want to be on the safe side, give them a call and ask for the right email address. Once again, I want to point out that rigworker will do all of this for you, for a small fee, and they have over 1200 companies in their list.

So, check out the Rigworker website and let them do the job!

The oil business isn’t really touched by the economic crisis and there are roughneck jobs available all the time.

If you want a piece of the pie, I suggest you get moving and write that resume!

See you on the rigs,


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  1. Thank’s ken this was a breath of fresh air for an army guy interested in a rig job!

    • Yes,uzor is very very interesting.pls post me the details on how to navigate.av about 3yrs e xperience in Roughneck job and a graduate of mechanical engineering.

      • I suggest you take a look at Rigworker… They’ll help you find a good and well-paid job in the oilrig business…

  2. How do convicted felons rate when it comes to finding a job as a rough neck?

    • I’m actually not sure Nick… Try to contact a few rigs and ask…

  3. thanks for the info

  4. kenneth, whats up i’ve been tryin to get a job in the oil industrie for a year but only found so many! i was wondering if you could give me so company names or a website to find them… thank you!

    • Hi Richard… Rigworker can help you find oil companies that’re hiring! Good luck.

  5. Hej Kenneth!
    Jag har jobbat som mekaniker i Norge i 2 år,varit med och byggt 2st mobila oljeriggar
    bla.Varit på Melköa också.Jag har offshore utbildning från NuTec i Oslo.Nu har jag blivit
    permiterad och vill då söka mig ut till olje-riggar.Var det blir i världen spelar ingen roll.
    Kan jag söka jobb som roughneck?Eller finns det jobb för mekaniker ute på plattformarna?Har du tips hur man går tillväga.Jag har förstått av det du skriver att vi
    är ganska lika när det gäller att jobba,jag älskar också att jobba.Har varit hemma i 3v,
    och det känns inte bra.
    MVH Jan-Erik Lundgren.

  6. Hej Kenneth!
    Jag har jobbat som Mekaniker i Norge i 2 år, Varit med och byggt 2st Mobila oljeriggar
    bla.Varit på Melköa också.Jag har offshore utbildning från NuTec jag Oslo.Nu har jag Blivit
    permiterad och vill Då söka mig ut till olje-riggar.Var det blir i världen spelar ingen roll.
    Kan jag söka jobb som roughneck? Eller Finns det jobb ute för Mekaniker på plattformarna? Har du tips hur man går tillväga.Jag har förstått av det du skriver Att vi
    är ganska Lika Når det Gäller Att jobba, jag älskar Också Att jobba.Har Varit Hemma i 3v,
    Och det känns inte bra.
    MVH Jan-Erik Lundgren.

  7. i am 38 yrs old and in great physical condition,i am in need of work. i have worked on an oil rig beforeas a floorman. please contact me [removed].

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  9. awsome…thanks for the help. I’ve worked in res/comm construction all my life and i’m ready for a change. it’s not looking to good but the oil’s always pumping….and that means $$$. KansasCity,mo.

  10. looking for work

  11. My name is D Snyder. I have 13 years experience. Do you know of any companies that are hiring right now? I have contacted every company I have ever worked for and nobody seems to be hiring right now.

    • Hi D Snyder… You should try to contact some companies that you haven’t worked for… Use the Rigworker service.

  12. my name is chris frazier, ive worked in the oil and gas industry for about five years now. i have been on a pipeline in lousiana for tha past year and a half pushing a crew duing bolt ups, hook ups in plants as well as building locations. unfourtanately i have been layed off and need to work bad. anything you can do to help would be apprieciated.

    • Yeah.. check out the service I’m talking about in this post.. That would be your best option… Link: Rigworker.

  13. my name is simon,i want to know that is it possible to get a roughneck job with out experience for an indian

    • Hi Simon… It’s possible but you’d have to start at the bottom… good luck :)

      Rigworker can help you find a job.

  14. You need to apply up in North Dakota. The oil boom is going very strong up here. Many job openings. Especially for people who have experience.

  15. I am a Master Plumber who has been in the plumbing industry for 15 years and due to the construction slowdown, I am looking to change my career to the oil industry.I have a passport, twic card, osha hazwoper 40 hour cert, and safe drivers license. I currently live in Pensacola FL but I am willing to travel anywhere. Can someone help me get an entry level job? Thanks!

    • Hi Wes…

      You should definitely visit Rigworker, they can help you get a job in the oil industry.

  16. Im a Driller looking for a HARD WORKING motorman

    • where you @ im yourman im an odessa texas roughneck 8 yrs exp

  17. want to get back on the rigs worked for 4 year got in trouble now almost done with my sentence think i’ll be able to get a job again 27years old really need a job in 5 months wright back only workover rigs want to get in to drilling where the money is at

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  20. The military has this program called Troops2roughnecks http://www.troops2roughnecks.com/ they are supposed to train you to be ready to go work on a rig offshore or inshore, and job placement too. I’m just wondering if you think this program is worth it. I’m also wondering if you can REALLy expect $50-$60k as a starting wage.

  21. I want to get a entry level job on a rig as a roughneck and eventually work my way up to a toolpusher and then someday run my own rig. I have experience in tank farms with asphalt and emulsions. Would it be a step in the right direction if I attended well school in Houston to obtain my IWCF certification for well control. Any information is welcome and appreciated.

  22. i have 8yrs exp. im looking for a job close to the livingston texas area anybody know who might be hiring

  23. I Have 5 year exprience in drilling kobs.

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  25. Need just recently released from doc custody have two kids and wife willing to travel hard worker and have better than two years experience make good hand just need chance

  26. Hey there. Im a torque turn and mud tool tech that has only one year experience. Havent done anything else in the oilfield. Do y’all help find placement on those types of positions? Am very skilled and knowledgeable in my area. Any info would be helpful. Thank you

  27. thanks for the info kenneth, i have one question about working oil rigs. I have been in the Marine Corps for the past 9 years and all i did was ifantry and firearms instructor. ive been getting turned down left and right because not to many civilian jobs require someone to gear up and carry a rifle, and i refuse to work fast food or some lame desk job. i need to be outside and have a job with some type of adventure. so my question is how military friendly are the companies with a vet with no oil rigging background. will they be willing to train and work with me? thank you for your time.

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